Are you tired of the political scene? Do you wish all the campaigning was over and Facebook could return to funny memes, adorable pics and recipes? Are you ready for this election to be done?
I have already voted at the county building. I voted early for two reasons. 1. I am tired of thinking about it. 2. I did not want to risk the slim possibility that I would need to be out of town on Election day, and therefore, unable to cast my vote.
Voting is very important to me. My parents loudly and frequently (probably only at election times) drilled it into my siblings and I that voting was our American right, privilege, and responsibility. Civic duty was important to them. They are a part of the Builder Generation. I can recall my parents hosting neighborhood coffees for local races. In retirement, my dad has served on the board of directors at the local fire station and community golf course.
We have no choice about paying taxes, but we do have a voice about who is elected. Yes, I do believe that every vote counts. I do think every citizen should vote (but only once, Chicago!).
Parents have a unique opportunity to be an influential voice to their children. When my children were young, I often took one or more of them with me to the polling place. It was an occasion to discuss the election process, the role of government, and even some of the issues that were age appropriate.
Voting is a way of participating in our society, our nation, our culture, our heritage and our state or local community. I think debating issues often sheds light on perspective and provides insight one had not previously considered. Having two or more parties helps bring balance. To borrow a slogan: We are better together.
My parents have also voted early. Will all my children be voting on or by Election Day 2016? They better be.
How have you involved your children in the election? Will you be watching the voting returns together? How about praying with them for our nation for the election and the reactions to the results?